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Things to Do in South Carolina

South Carolina’s beaches and golf draw visitors to Myrtle Beach, Kiawah and Hilton Head. On the Grand Strand, shop, fish and enjoy amusements or nearby Brookgreen Gardens. Charleston’s Fort Sumter, plantations, historic preservation and H.L. Hunley submarine are top attractions, along with walking tours. Explore Greenville’s downtown and Reedy River Falls, Beaufort’s mansions, Gullah traditions. Find Revolutionary War and Civil War sites throughout the state. In the mountains, things to do include – hiking and viewing waterfalls. Discover seafood restaurants in coastal communities like Murrells Inlet and Georgetown, homegrown peaches and Low Country cuisine. Stay in condos, hotels, B&Bs, inns or mountain cabins.
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Bulldog Tours, Inc.

40 North Market Street
Charleston, South Carolina
843-722-8688
Walking Tour Tickets - Dark Side of Charleston, plus Charleston Ghost and Dungeon, Charleston Ghost and Graveyard and The Haunted Jail
From the dark side to the cemetery and points in between, Bulldog Tour guides the way.

During the Charleston Ghost and Dungeon Walking Tour hear eerie and chilling stories about the city - ghosts, haunted houses and a touch of voodoo, visit cemeteries and churches, as well as the dungeon.

The Dark Side of Charleston Walking Tour presents the unsavory side of...
Hours & Admission
Office: daily 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Admission.
Photo Courtesy: Bulldog Tours

Charles Pinckney National Historic Site

1240 Long Point Road
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
843-881-5516
The historic site preserves a 28-acre remnant of the Snee Farm, the Lowcountry plantation of Charles Pinckney, a founding father and framer of the U.S. Constitution.

Along the half-mile walking trail find displays detailing the existing house, archeological excavations and the land’s agricultural history, as well as how neighboring water and wetlands contributed to the plantation....
Hours & Admission
Daily 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed major holidays. Free.
Photo Courtesy: Charles Pinckney National Historic Site, National Park Service

Charleston Cooks!

194 East Bay Street
Charleston, South Carolina
843-722-1212
A variety of demonstration classes are offered, however one of its more popular is Taste of the Lowcountry. Learn about regional ingredients, prepare recipes and then taste for yourself. The menu regularly includes shrimp and grits, fried chicken, pecan encrusted fish, gumbo, cowpea succotash, chess pie and other seasonal selections.
Hours & Admission
Monday to Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Sunday 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m. Admission.

Drayton Hall

3380 Ashley River Road
Charleston, South Carolina
843-769-2600
Drayton Hall is a National Historic Landmark and a property of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Begun in 1738, the historic plantation house stands on a 630-acre site and is one of the finest examples of Georgian-Palladian architecture in America.

After seven generations, Revolutionary and Civil wars, and numerous hurricanes and earthquakes, the main house remains in nearly original condition. The entire site serves as a testimony to America's heritage.
Hours & Admission
March to October, daily 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. November to February, daily 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Closed major holidays. Admission.
Photo by: Wade Lawrence. Photo Courtesy: Drayton Hall

Fort Moultrie

1214 Middle Street
Sullivan's Island, South Carolina
843-883-3123
Established to guard the east side of Charleston Harbor, it was at this site that Colonel William Moultrie's South Carolina troops successfully defended a British assault on June 28, 1776, in one of the first victories of the Revolutionary War, know known as the Battle of Sullivan’s Island.

The first Fort Moultrie was constructed of palmetto logs and sand, while the present brick fort is the third fort constructed on Sullivan's Island; it opened on December 19, 1809, and remained...
Hours & Admission
Daily 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed major holidays. Free.
Photo Courtesy: Fort Moultrie, National Park Service

Fort Sumter National Monument

Charleston Harbor
Charleston, South Carolina
843-883-3123
Only accessible by boat, the National Park Service offers access to the monument via Spirit Line Cruises* that departs from the docks at Liberty Square, home of the Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center.

Fort Sumter is the site of the first battle that began the Civil War. Learn about the fort, the battle and the events leading up to the start of the War Between the States. (*see separate listing).
Hours & Admission
January, February and early December to late December, daily 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., March to mid-March, late August, early September to November and late December, daily 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., mid-March to late August and early September, daily 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Extended hours during holiday periods. Closed major holidays. Admission.
Photo Courtesy: Fort Sumter National Monument, National Park Service

Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center at Liberty Square

340 Concord Street
Charleston, South Carolina
843-883-3123
The center offers interpretive exhibits that highlight events at the national and state level that led to the start of the Civil War. South Carolina’s plantation economy was threatened by the loss of its slave workers. In December 1860, the state of South Carolina succeeded from the union. Less than four months later, the first shots rang out at Fort Sumter, a federally held fort in the South.
Hours & Admission
Daily 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed major holidays. Free.
Photo Courtesy: Fort Sumter National Monument, National Park Service

Gibbes Museum of Art

135 Meeting Street
Charleston, South Carolina
843-722-2706
Established as the Carolina Art Association in 1858, the Gibbes Museum of Art opened its doors to the public in 1905. Located in Charleston’s historic district, the Gibbes houses a collection of 10,000 works of fine art, principally American works with a Charleston or southern connection.

Paintings, prints and drawings from the 18th century to the present are featured. They encompass the colonial period representing portraiture of Lowcounty citizens and maritime events, the...
Hours & Admission
Tuesday to Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed national holidays. Admission.
Photo by: Morley McNeal. Photo Courtesy: Gibbes Museum of Art

H.L. Hunley Submarine Tours

1250 Supply Street, Bldg. 255
North Charleston, South Carolina
843-743-4865
On the evening of February 17, 1864, the Confederate’s H. L. Hunley, a combat submarine, successfully sank the Union’s USS Housatonic, and then vanished. After much research, the sub was located in 1995 and raised in 2000.

Continuing its role, the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) worked to assure a proper burial for the eight deceased crewmembers of The Hunley....
Hours & Admission
Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m. Closed major holidays. Admission.
Photo Courtesy: ©Friends of the Hunley

Hampton Plantation State Historic Site

1950 Rutledge Road
McClellanville, South Carolina
843-546-9361
The former home of state poet laureate Archibald Rutledge, the Georgian-style mansion was the centerpiece of the rice plantation that once thrived here prior to the Civil War. In addition, find a kitchen house and flower garden.

Visitors can fish in the Wambaw Creek, hike along the two-mile loop trail near the former rice fields, view wildlife and bird watch....
Hours & Admission
Grounds: daily 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Mansion: March to October, Tuesday to Sunday 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m., November to February, Thursday to Sunday 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. Admission.
Photo by: Perry Baker. Photo Courtesy: S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism
Information subject to change without notice.
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